STATEMENT
Freedom of expression includes right to hold positions of different persuasions
27 Jun 2018
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

Index on Censorship believes that pressuring artists to renounce support for political causes as a prerequisite for being allowed to perform at events, as has been the case at the Ruhrtriennale festival in Germany,  is fundamentally incompatible with artistic freedom and freedom of expression.

Index urges festivals to judge artists on their work and not on their politics.

We also note the political pressure being placed on the director of the festival by the regional government to choose artists with particular political positions. Freedom of expression includes the right to hold political positions of different persuasions.

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